Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to contemporary music

    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written, by exploring the exciting variety of new sounds and forms being created.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Music production with Logic: level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of Logic and your skills in audio production. We will cover multiple takes, bussing, auxiliary sends, automation, and combining your audio with video.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Song writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative techniques to help structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians, singers and songwriters to inspire you to compose in a variety of genres and styles, and finish half completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  4. Extended techniques for flautists

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A fun and practical online workshop for flautists to explore the weird and wonderful ‘extended’ sounds and techniques of contemporary flute music. As well as trying out new techniques, we will play some samples of contemporary music and learn how these techniques can enhance our general flute playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  5. Piano: return to playing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This short online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Sibelius: music notation software

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal for musicians, music teachers and students. Learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Max/MSP: interactive music performance software

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Max/MSP is a highly versatile program, allowing you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It's great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video tools suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Township jazz

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Online sessions in which you will explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Learn to play Township tunes and enjoy the opportunity to improvise. All instruments welcome, and please notify the music department in advance as to what instrument you will play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  10. Nine lessons and carols: a brief history

    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a Service of nine lessons and carols? Where did it begin and how has it become associated with the chapel and choir of King’s College, Cambridge? Explore the cultural and musical history of this service in our short online course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Improvising and composing your own cadenza

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Cadenzas in Baroque and Classical music are wonderful opportunities to express a musician’s unique voice and display the best of their particular technical abilities. In this online course, you will be led through a process of playful experimentation, improvisation and composition, leading up to the creation and performance of your own unique cadenza. Open to any single line instruments (sorry not keboard/guitar) who have completed at least four years of tuition, this course is suitable for a wide range of abilities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Introduction to electronic music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Great works: Tallis Fantasia

    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and explore Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (also known as the Tallis Fantasia) by Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of the best-known works for string orchestra and previously voted a ‘top five’ work by radio station Classic FM.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Christmas crooners

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  15. Music history book club: The Fabulous Dead

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a new collection of short stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

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